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Belvedere Castle

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Belvedere Castle

Envisioned by Central Park co-designer Calvert Vaux in 1869, this miniature castle sits atop Vista Rock and looks out over the Great Lawn to the north, and the Ramble to the south. Visitors take in sweeping views of the Park and its surrounding cityscape. Belvedere also houses one of the Park's visitor centers and gift shop.

Bethesda Fountain

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Bethesda Fountain

Rising from Bethesda Terrace is Bethesda Fountain, with the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop—a biblical reference to the angel who blessed the Pool of Bethesda and gave it healing powers. It's the only statue commissioned for the Park, and the first public art commission by a woman in the City (Emma Stebbins).

Bethesda Terrace

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Bethesda Terrace

Bethesda Terrace is considered the heart of the Park and is, by design, its singular formal feature. Overlooking the Lake, it stands at the north end of the Park's long, tree-lined promenade, the Mall. A grand staircase descends into the subterranean Arcade, offering respite from rain and heat.

Blockhouse

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Blockhouse

The oldest building in Central Park, the Blockhouse was constructed far before the Park even existed. The stone structure was one of several built to defend New York from possible British attacks during the War of 1812.

Burnett Fountain

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Burnett Fountain

Burnett Fountain is a gorgeous memorial to classic children's book author Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set among the flowers of Conservatory Garden, the fountain features a bronze sculpture of a boy playing the flute and a young girl holding a bowl that functions as a bird bath.

Christopher Columus

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Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus stands at the southern edge of the Mall, just outside the Olmsted Flower Bed. Crafted by Spanish artist Jeronimo Sunol, the monument was made to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the voyage where Columbus first landed in the Americas.

Dairy Visitor Center

One of Central Park's five visitor centers, the Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop is a charming cottage near the Pond where wanderers can find their way. Maps, guides, and gifts are all on offer here.

Daniel Webster

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Daniel Webster

This larger-than life bronze figure of Daniel Webster was commissioned for Central Park in the 1870s. It honors the 19th-century statesman, famed for his eloquence and fine oratory, who served as a representative, senator, and three-time Secretary of State.

Discover Seneca Village

Explore the history of Seneca Village, a community of predominantly African-Americans, many of whom owned property.

Duke Ellington

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​Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington, the larger-than-life bronze sculpture of the jazz legend with his grand piano, stands in Duke Ellington Circle, at the Park's northeast corner. This sculpture, dedicated in 1997, was the first erected in Ellington's honor in the country.